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This Week’s Excerpt: The Repatriation of Henry Chin by Isaac Ho!
Amid the growing hostility between the United States and China, an executive order authorizes the creation of repatriation camps to safely secure Chinese Americans. Mild mannered pharmacist Henry Chin goes on the run with his mixed race teenage daughter and is relentlessly pursued by an ICE agent who will stop at nothing to capture these potential domestic terrorists.
Henry took a step forward. “Hold it,” the rent-a-cop ordered.
“You can’t leave until the police come and process you.”
Henry ran through all the options in his mind. It was bad enough that he could only buy food on odd numbered weekend days. Henry didn’t have one of those new digital antennas for picking up radio and television over the air. Information was scarce to come by and the restrictions changed with alarming frequency.
The rent-a-cop must have sensed what Henry flashed through his mind for just the briefest of moments. As Henry sighed, the guard took a step back and had his baton out and down at his side. On its face, the I.D. card looked fine. All you have to do is flash it at the greeter to gain entry. But if the police ran it through their scanner they’ll find it was stolen from a Korean man about three weeks ago.
This was the first time Henry used the I.D. card. With his wide face and dark complexion, Henry was often mistaken for Korean. Since the economic turmoil with China began, every Chinese living in America was, for all intents and purposes, under house arrest. Without breaking a few rules, a Chinese person would probably starve to death on the allotted rations. Henry had to provide more and provide it under the scrutiny of a microscope.
Except he screwed up and he knew it. He should have come at a time when it was more crowded. He should have worn nicer clothes like a sport jacket or dress shoes. Hell, he should have combed his hair and cleaned his glasses. Presentable people tend to draw less suspicion.
Henry didn’t have to look but he knew there were at least two more rent-a-cops behind him at the far end of the aisle. It was only a matter of time before the nature of his purloined card would be discovered. Henry slowly lifted his hands, exposing his palms… only his palms weren’t empty. In his hand was the sack of flour.
“Drop that,” the rent-a-cop ordered.
“No problem,” replied Henry.
With all his might, Henry slammed the sack of flour down onto the floor, splitting it open, sending a white cloud of fine powder into the air.
Okay, thought Henry to himself as he backed down the aisle. That bought me about five seconds. Now what?
As the cloud engulfed him, Henry grabbed a box of book matches off the shelf. Instinctively, he tore the cellophane off and in one motion, struck the match and threw it into the heart of the cloud. Henry covered his head with his hands as he hit the ground.
The lit match ignited the flour and a ball of fire filled the air. Shoppers all around him screamed.
Chaos, confusion, thought Henry. I’ve got another thirty seconds.
About the Author
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An award winning screenwriter and playwright, Isaac’s produced works include the indie film “1,001 Ways to Enjoy the Missionary Position,” an Orwellian sci-fi drama starring Amanda Plummer. His meditative stage play “Along for the Ride” received the SF Weekly Black Box Award for Best Play. Isaac holds an MFA from UCLA in Screenwriting.
Isaac is also the author of Death in Chinatown, a gritty crime drama about an erupting gang war in San Francisco. His latest novella Hell is Full of Strippers is available for the Kindle and in paperback.
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